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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)                                                    

Ecosystem based adaptation for food security Programme for Africa Chapeau

EBAFoS is building climate resilience through a series of projects targeting the climate sensitive but key agricultural sector. Its main thrust is optimizing the food value chain in Africa by promoting ecosystems/ecological techniques such as conservation agriculture to optimize on farm productivity by sustainably increasing yields while simultaneously enhancing productive capacity of ecosystems and community climate resilience. It also seeks to promote value addition enterprises along the post-farm gate value chain so as to create job and income opportunities for the youth. Sustainable-clean, accessible and affordable energy will be especially vital in ensuring efficiency of processing and other value adding activities that arise in the value chain, and furtherance of the value chain optimization objectives of this programme. This continuum approach seeks to optimize the entire agro-value chain, cutting waste, and ensuring a climate neutral agriculture value chain.

Current active resilience building, projects are in southern Africa, targeting the Zambezi basin, specifically Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, with benefits including job creation, sustainably increasing yields, improving food and nutritional security, ecosystems restoration and protection among others being reported. Additional partnerships can ensure to expansion of this programme to the entire continent, as it is estimated that 25% of the continent is food insecure, and many more are nutrition deficient, and climate change is exacerbating this situation according to the 2015 Africa Adaptation gap report

Off Shoots of EBA for Food Security programme

  1.  Organizing the 2nd Food Security conference, drawing participants from all over Africa focusing on unleashing the full potential of the agriculture value chain in the continent through leveraging ecosystems based approaches and techniques to ensure sustainable on farm productivity and the application of accessible technologies including mobile, storage, preservation and other value adding processes to eliminate postharvest losses, link farmers to markets in a timely manner, facilitate financial transactions, and in the process generate a myriad of jobs along the agro-value chain.
  2.  Convening a continental task-force to develop a strategic framework towards actualizing the aims of this conference. The strategy document titled “Towards a comprehensive Strategic Framework to Upscale and Out-scale EbA-driven agriculture In Africa”, the main conference publication to be deliberated and discussed at the conference has already been published on the AAKNET website and circulated throughout the continent.
  3. As a result of relentless work by this programme, the  African Union Commission has considered EBA-driven agriculture approach among priority mechanisms not only to building resilience to climate change related shocks and enhance agricultural productivity for better food security but also  as  a priority mechanisms for delivering the Strategy and Roadmap of Malabo declarations, to achieve the 2025 Vision on CAADP.